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Describe the major theoretical concepts of associationistic theories. Give an example of an associationistic theory.

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1. Describe the major theoretical concepts of associationistic theories. Give an example of an associationistic theory.

o The associationism of James and John Stuart Mill was mentalistic, i.e. concerned with phenomenon of the mind not readily observable.

o A more modern form of associationism, dealing with the connections made between observable phenomenons is found in Behaviorism.

o Three components of the mind-feeling, volition, and intellect are governed by basic principles of association including:

a) Law of Contiguity. Contiguity binds together these components-"Actions, sensations, and states of feeling, occurring together or in close succession, tend to grow together, or cohere, in such a way that, when any one of them is afterwards presented to the mind, the other are apt to be brought up in idea.?

b) Frequency or repetition also has the usual effect. These associations grow out of a neurological basis. Rooted in changes in the nervous system as ...

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DescribeS the major theoretical concepts of associationistic theories, as well as gives an example of one associationistic theory.

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